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Makeup Brush Hair Types, Part VI: Synthetic

Welcome to my final installment on makeup brush hair types. Today's topic is synthetic hair. Sometimes faux is the way to go! Cosmetics companies make makeup brushes from a synthetic material like nylon as opposed to natural hair because this type of bristle is less expensive, and it provides a smooth and even finish for cream products. (Since it lacks a cuticle, it can't trap makeup.)

A common type of synthetic hair used to apply concealer, cream shadow, cream blush or cream foundation is taklon. This is a fine-grade nylon that is less absorbent than natural hair.

An excellent nylon brush is this Laura Mercier Creme Blush Brush ($36) which happens to be the perfect size to add natural definition to the cheeks. The downside of taklon is that it is less durable than natural hair brushes, and synthetic brushes also tend to become very stiff over time.

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ASAP1 ASAP1 7 years
You used a definition for Taklon, from a site that is biased to Animal Hair Bristles, not to mention, the definition of Taklon is incorrect. Taklon Definition=Firm synthetic fiber best used for Artist brushes and only a few, makeup applications that require FIRM bristles, such as Flat Edge Brushes, Angled Liner Brushes etc. The word Taklon has been badly misused by the Chinese who don't understand the difference in synthetic fibers. Once the term was widely mis-used, the general public has sadly become "mis-informed". Taklon, like Nylon, is a brand name of a type of fiber, created in the laboratory. Ex: The formula for Nylon was discovered by E.I. Du Pont in the 1920's. The patent has since been sold and the uses for Nylon has been greatly expanded, to include makeup brushes. Nylon can be finely spun, into many different textures from fine to ultra fine and can be crimped to add body. The site you referenced correctly states there are no pores in nylon fibers but most everything else they stated was done to "influence" buyers of makeup brushes, into believing natural hair is better to apply makeup, which is patently false. Nylon bristle makeup brushes, when cared for correctly, do not become stiffer with use. Nylon is actually more expensive than the most common natural hair used in makeup brushes such as goat hair, with the exception being Sable and Badger hair. Please research your details more thoroughly, before attempting to educate the buying public. Regards ASAP
dopamine dopamine 9 years
I use the Body Shop Blush Brush and that's amazingly soft! It cost me a bit so I have to use it with powder as well since I can't splurge on something else!
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
i agree synthetic ones are only good for cream stuff, NOT POWDER.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
these are the only kind i use since they are vegan. Aveda makes great synthetic brushes that have sustainable flax-seed handles.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
:) I love great brushes!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Real or fake both work just fine to me!
mizzdevi mizzdevi 9 years
love it!
tati33 tati33 9 years
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